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Published by Simon & Schuster on February 24th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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**INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER** Best of the Year—Seattle Times An elite assassin goes undercover as an unpaid office lackey in The Intern’s Handbook, “a sexy, darkly comic thriller with cinematic flourishes” (New York Daily News).“Imagine Dexter working in The Office” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and you have John Lago, intern at one of the biggest law firms in Manhattan. He clocks eighty hours a week getting coffee, answering phones, and doing all of the grunt work no one else wants to do…and he doesn’t make a dime. But John isn’t trying to claw his way to the top of the corporate food chain. He was hired to assassinate one of the firm’s high profile, heavily guarded partners. His internship is the perfect cover—he can gather intel and secure the access he needs to execute a clean, untraceable kill. “Faceless and forgettable, an intern’s as invisible as a ninja in fluorescent lights—and, at least in John Lago’s case, just as deadly” (NPR.org). The Intern’s Handbook begins as an unofficial survival guide for new recruits at Human Resources, Inc.—a front for one of the most elite assassin training and “placement” programs in the world—and becomes a chronicle of John’s final assignment, a twisted, violent thrill ride in which he is pitted against the strongest (and sexiest) adversary he has ever faced: Alice, a federal agent assigned to investigate the same law firm partner John’s been hired to kill.
John Largo is an assassin for hire. His job is to infiltrate organizations by being and unpaid intern. As he goes on his last mission, because he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 25, John decides to create a handbook for the intern’s that are to come after him. The intern situation that John is in is a little less realistic than most intern situations. He is an “intern” attorney for a law firm. You would think that most law firms wouldn’t hire intern attorneys, normally they are junior partners.
The story is written in first person for the purpose of the handbook for the younger employees that will be working for Human resources, Inc. Most of these assassins are recruited from juvenile detention centers and are trained at a very young age to work until they are 25 years of age. John’s narrative does show some gruesome flashbacks for the new interns to show what he has done in his career and why he is the best.
I think that this is going to be a better movie than it is a book. The whole think reads more like a script then a book. The movie should be much better. The novel can be a fun read but it could have been so much more. The characters in the story were very hard to relate too and get to know. I feel like they were extremely flat. I feel like there were way too many challenges in this book were the main character should have died or been seriously injured and he ended up walking away just fine. This is really going to be a much better movie then it is a book.